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, but he said "there is no doubt that the assault on the u.s. consulate in benghazi this past september 11 wasn't just a mob action." evidence is growing that the murder of ambassador chris ssevens was planned and targeted. in new york today the president of libya met with secretary of ofate clinton at the united nations. he said that the libyan people had lost a friend. a year ago in libya a bunch of ragtag militias overthrew the dictator moammar qaddafi and ne's one of those militias that's suspected in the attack on the americans. ttat attack was apparently the last straw for the people in benghazi. elizabeth palmer reports the sitizens there have risen up to throw the militias out. >> reporter: furious citizens took matters into their own hands. on friday night, crowds overran bases controlled by extremist militias in benghazi and drove them out. by dawn, three bases were just burned-out shells. during the battle to topple colonel qaddafi last year these same men were seen as heroes. but since then many have set themselves up as vigilantes. gierating from bases like this one which, aft
happened when that mob overran the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. four americans were killed, including the u.s. ambassador. charlie d'agata has been piecing this story together in benghazi. >> reporter: this cell phone video was shot in the chaotic hours after the consulate was attacked and ambassador chris stevens died. even in the darkness, you can see that some libyans tried to save his life, carrying the body outside to safety. what you don't see is any of the ambassador's american security team. and it's still unclear how they became separated. benghazi resident fahad al bakoush shot the video. he told us he heard somebody yell "there's a body, a foreigner." but bakoush said nobody recognized the ambassador. >> ( translated ): god is great, he's alive, he's alive. >> reporter: bakoush said he didn't see bruising or bleeding but the ambassador's face was red and his lips were black. he told us they tried to find a doctor in the crowd but there was none. then he helped get the ambassador to the hospital. as the attack continued on the consulate, a libyan security official told us he
department employees in benghazi, libya. the attack on the u.s. consulate there may have been motivated in part by an american-made internet video that ridicules islam. nancy cordes is at the u.n. tonight. nancy? >> reporter: scott, the president today delivered an extended defense of free speech rights here at the u.n. in an address that appeared to be aimed at leaders from the muslim world. >> i would like to begin today by telling you about an american named chris stevens. >> reporter: the president told world leaders today that the slain u.s. ambassador to libya, chris stevens, had gone to benghazi to establish a cultural center and help modernize a hospital. >> today we must declare that this violence and intolerance has no place among our united nations. >> reporter: it's still unclear what motivated the terrorist attack, but president obama focused on that anti-muslim video made in california, explaining why the u.s. can't and won't ban a movie that mr. obama himself described as "crude and disgusting." >> i know that not all countries in this body share this particular understan
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